The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

CD-Audio Publication Date: 26/04/2016

 

Featured title on PBS's The Great American Read in 2018

Set during the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath tells the powerful story of the Joad family's trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together. A heart-wrenching full-cast adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by John Steinbeck and a 1990 Tony Award(R) Winner for Best Play, Frank Galati's play finds its timeless heart in the generous spirit of the common man.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Shirley Knight as Ma Joad
Jeffrey Donovan as Tom Joad
Emily Bergl as Rose of Sharon
Michael Buie as Connie/Others
Daniel Chac n as Al Joad
Maurice Chasse as Deputy Sheriff/Others
Shannon Cochran as Mrs. Wainwright/Elizabeth Sandry
Trista Delamere as 2nd Narrator/Al's Girl
Francis Guinan as Jim Casy
Charlie Matthes as Willy/Gas Station Attendant/Hooper Ranch Guard
Rod McLachlan as Uncle John
Robert Pescovitz as Pa Joad
Joel Rafael as Car Salesman/Man with Guitar
Stephen Ramsey as 1st Narrator/Others
Nicholas Sadler as Agricultural Officer/Others
Andy Taylor as Gas Station Owner/Floyd Knowles/Camp Director/Others
Todd Waring as Hooper Ranch Bookkeeper/Others
Fredd Wayne as Grampa/Mayor of Hooverville/Camp Guard
Michael Weston as Noah Joad/Others
Kate Williamson as Gramma/Others

Live music performed by the Joel Rafael Band. Adapted by Frank Galati. Directed by Richard Masur.

Recorded before a live audience.

ISBN:
9781522609834
9781522609834
Category:
Fiction & related items
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
26-04-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Brilliance Publishing, Inc.
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
171.45x133.35x12.7mm
John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 17 February 1902. After studying English at Stanford University, he held several jobs including working as a hod-carrier, apprentice painter, laboratory assistant, ranch hand, fruit-picker, construction worker at Madison Square Gardens, New York, and reporter for the New York American. In 1935 he became a full-time writer and was a special writer for the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Among his most renowned works are Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940.

In 1926 Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a mark of his outstanding contribution to literature, his unquestionable popularity and his versatility. In his speech accepting the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck gave his view of authorship: 'The ancient omission of the writer has not changed.

He is charged with exposing our may grevious faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit for gallantry in defeat - for courage, compassion and love.' John Steinbeck died on 20th December 1968.

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